I know what you're thinking .... how can she possibly be bored with all those dogs in the house??? Here's the deal .... I'm home almost all the time to work with the new babies, and today it just got to me!
I actually did go out for about three hours last night. Linda and I went to see "Steel Magnolias" presented by the local community theater group. I enjoyed it a great deal. I haven't watched the movie in a long time, and it was fun to see it on stage. I need to dig it out and watch that, I think.
And here's the reason I haven't been much of anywhere ... I got home to find a poopy pile! gah. When I'm home, I can usually catch them in time, but my house reeked from this one! I cleaned it, turned off the air and turned on fans, and lastly burned some incense!! I've started doing something today, and I think it is helping me to remember to be on top of their needs. I set a repeating timer for an hour and every time it goes off, we go out, and we stay until they both at least pee. A couple times I was outside watering, and I had to stop and come in to take them to the back yard, an inconvenience, for sure, but now when I walk toward the back door Max just automatically follows me and goes right out and does his business!
Speaking of Max, he is following me everywhere I go. When I sit down to read or do something with the computer, he just flops down at my feet. When I stand to go anywhere, he trots right along with me. When I go out front, I leave him on the deck and he watches me intently, and if I get too far away or out of his vision, he starts telling me about it! He has a funny little noise that he makes, sort of a quavery noise in his throat, that tells me he is distressed by my "absence"!! What a funny little guy! He is totally at home now. I still don't trust the house training, but otherwise, he's doing great. I'm beginning to work the leash with him, and it is going slowly, but OK.
Sam is another matter! He still loves to be on my lap or beside me on the couch or in bed. but he doesn't come to me to get affection yet. He loves me to carry him around. But when he is not glued to my side, he reverts to the rather neurotic behavior, running from me if I walk in the room, shrinking away from me, etc. Once he is in a place that he can't run, he just sits down and waits. I make sure to pet him and talk gently before trying to pick him up, so he knows I'm not upset. Yet, the next time, we go through it again. I'm trying to hold him and keep him close as much as possible. He's so quirky !
Tonight China has initiated some playing with Sam! I'm really glad to see that. The more he feels each of us accepts him, the better I think he will feel about it all. I'm reading everything I can find about "timid" dogs. There is a lot of info, but almost everything says to offer treats when he complies, and I haven't found one that he will take from me yet!! If it put a liver treat on the floor, he will sometimes take it after I move away but not consistently. And when I put it down, that doesn't reinforce that he has done something for the treat! I'm just hoping at this time to eventually get him hooked on them, so I can then use them as rewards for good behavior. I don't know. He is such a precious little guy that I can't be upset with him, but I'm frustrated because I don't know what to do for him. I want to make him feel as comfortable here as Maxey does. That will be my ultimate success, I think.
Ali has been taking most of this in stride, although there are still occasional "discussions" about who owns this part of the floor or that cushion or the bed or this food bowl. Actually, the food bowl issue is Max's. It is unmistakable that food has been a luxury for him, so don't mess with his food, in the bowl or a treat. He gets seriously cranky over perceiving that his goodies are threatened! None of them have actually bitten, but occasionally there are snarls and woofs as they spar. I noticed yesterday that if the two young dogs get on the bed and do any horsing around, Ali gives them what-for!! He knows we don't wrestle on the bed!! LOL!
Tomorrow Max will go to the vet for a check-up. And I'll make the appointment to have them both neutered. Hey! That means I get to leave the house again!! Woo Hoo!! :P
Do you see why I'm bored? Yes, I'm busy. Yes, the dogs are great company, but strange as it might seem, I would enjoy more human company!! It will work out, I know, but it seems like I'm so cooped up. I've said it before .... patience is not easy for me. Everyone looks at me and thinks so, but internally ... nope, nope, nope!!